International Nelson Mandela Day was started in honour of Nelson Mandela, more commonly referred to as Madiba or father of the South African nation. Nelson Mandela day marks his birthday on 18 July. It can certainly be said that Madiba was truly a great South African icon that reached out and touched the world.
Every year on 18 July, the UN, along with the Nelson Mandela Foundation, urge everyone to devote 67 minutes of their time to helping others. This can be done in any way you see fit and does not need to cost you a dime.
International Nelson Mandela Day began in 2009 and has grown substantially in popularity and support over the years. By devoting 67 minutes of your time, you can make a positive difference to the lives of many.
The day aims to inspire the world to help others and embrace many of the values that Nelson Mandela shared. It aims to inspire the world to take action and make a change, to help change the world by giving a little time, a little care, a little understanding on a day to honour a spectacular man, one ‘Nelson Mandela Day’ at a time.
International Nelson Mandela Day is a day of reflection, celebration and selflessness. As we remember and pay tribute to an international icon and father of the South African nation. A humanitarian who devoted his life to making positive change.
We encourage each and every one of you to devote 67 minutes of your time. We will and we hope you do to.